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What to do with your old banknotes

30.09.2021 – OSA Legal Service

I recently heard that “old” Swiss banknotes will no longer be legal tender from this autumn. How can I avoid losing my money, or is there nothing I can do about this?

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) recalled its eighth-series banknotes as of 30 April 2021. As a result, these notes are no longer regular tender.

However, they will still be accepted as tender at the public counters of Swiss Post and Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) until 30 October 2021.

In addition, the banknotes can be exchanged for an unlimited period of time at the SNB in Berne or Zurich or at an SNB agency. Please note that certain agencies have limits with regard to such exchanges.

Visit the SNB website for further information

SNB instruction sheet on exchanging recalled banknotes

If you have any questions, please contact the SNB Cashier’s Office in Berne directly (+41 58 631 07 57 or by email).

The OSA’s Legal Service provides general legal information on Swiss law, particularly in areas which concern the Swiss abroad. It does not provide information on foreign law or intervene in disputes between private parties.

Picture  Yesterday’s money – the eighth series of Swiss franc notes has now been removed from circulation. Photo: SNB

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